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Ine s aching heart Told in a strong steady voice with a keen sense of place and a vivid cast of characters here is a novel that asks compelling uestions about class and politics exile and belonging and the pain of being cast out of your home But above all this remarkable debut tells a gently woven love story difficult to put down impossible to forge A beautiful debut with such vivid descriptions of the Louisiana setting and the destruction of Katrina A love letter to Bayou Perdu and the sweet musical love story of Evangeline and Tru

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Between Two Skies

G rodeo But dearest to her heart she has the peace that only comes when she takes her skiff out to where there is nothing but sky and air and water and wings It's a small life but it is Evangeline's And then the storm comes and everything changes Amid the chaos and pain and destruction comes Tru a fellow refugee a budding bluesman a balm for Evangel Between Two Skies pulls you into a compelling narrative that brings to life Evangeline s journey and the journeys of other hurricane refugee families Families and friendships that were splintered and transformed after Katrina Told from Evangeline s point of view O Sullivan masterfully weaves in the stories of other refugees through compelling dialogue and events that shine a light on the difficult circumstances of those displaced by the storm The backdrop of Cajun culture brings a diversity to the story that will be fresh for many readers From gumbo to spices to language to the fishing industry readers will fall in love with all things Louisiana My favorite relationship was between the two Evangelines the main character and her grandmother Mamere The young teen grandparent paradigm of solving conflict and bridging the divide between parents and their angsty kids is deftly crafted and heart warming And there s a literary allegory referenced throughout the poem and woven tightly into the endingHenry Wadsworth Longfellow s first epic poem Evangeline A Tale of Acadie serves as a metaphorical journey mirroring Evangeline s own displacement Simply beautiful I loved this oneBetween Two Skies

Joanne O'Sullivan ☆ 4 Read

Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift But a new life and the promise of love emerges in this rich highly readable debutBayou Perdu a tiny fishing town way way down in Louisiana is home to sixteen year old Evangeline Riley She has her best friends Kendra and Danielle; her wise beloved Mamere; and back to back titles in the under sixteen fishin Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans Not just the song by Louis Armstrong but the actual place The place with inexpressible sweetness If you don t you can experience it in Joanne O Sullivan s young adult novel BETWEEN TWO SKIES O Sullivan gives us a taste of pre Katrina life in Bayou Perdu LA for sixteen year old Evangeline Riley This petite coastal village is rich with fishing parades gumbo and teen Shrimp ueens uickly Evangeline s life is overtaken by evacuation in the path of the storm displacement disorientation and the feeling of being out place in your own skin In the aftermath Evangeline and her family must rebuild not only their exterior and material life but recover from interior and personal grief Unlike a book that pulls you in because you have no idea what s going to happen this book starts under a known cloud of doom and puts the reader suarely on Evangeline s side before the cover is even cracked It is filled with young love moments between sisters grandparent and parental bonds and most significantly a depiction of the uniue experience Katrina visited upon teens In addition to an engaging and poignant depiction of Evangeline s tale O Sullivan treats us to the elegant presentation of salty sweet characters in an engaging can t put it down read For someone who is looking for an expert portrayal of a teen experience within a universal crisis this is a home run You will learn the meaning of an emptiness that is newness


10 thoughts on “Between Two Skies

  1. says:

    Joanne O’Sullivan’s debut novel BETWEEN TWO SKIES offers a vivid story of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Sixteen year old Evangeline Riley is a resident of Bayou Perdu Louisiana a small fishing village O’Sullivan’s lyric writing mak

  2. says:

    Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans Not just the song by Louis Armstrong but the actual place The place with “inexpressible sweetness” If you don't you can experience it in Joanne O’Sullivan’s young adult novel BETWEEN TWO SKIES O’Sullivan gives us a taste of pre Katrina life in Bayou Perdu LA for sixteen year old Evangeline Riley This petite coastal village is rich with fishing parades gumbo and teen Shrimp

  3. says:

    Read this Review and on my blogThe Book Return Blog'Between Two Skies' is the story of Evangeline She loves her Mamére grandmother her small

  4. says:

    Between Two Skies pulls you into a compelling narrative that brings to life Evangeline's journey and the journeys of other hurricane refugee families Families and friendships that were splintered and transformed after Katrina Told from Evangeline's point of view O'Sullivan masterfully weaves in the stories of other refugees through compelling dialogue and events that shine a light on the difficult circumstan

  5. says:

    From what I can tell this is O'Sullivan's debut novel a fact which makes its easy natural rhythms even impressive She tells an individual heartfelt story about one family's experience fleeing Katrina in a low key restrained manner that seems counterintuitive but is in fact the perfect vehicle through which the reader can get to know Evangeline and her world In a lot of ways the rhythms of the book echo those

  6. says:

    I received an advanced reading copy of BETWEEN TWO SKIES and am so happy I did Joanne's a fellow North Carolinian but the book does

  7. says:

    A beautiful debut with such vivid descriptions of the Louisiana setting and the destruction of Katrina A love letter to Bayou Perdu and the sweet musical love story of Evangeline and Tru

  8. says:

    I really loved this beautifully written story Evangeline and her family must evacuate southern Louisiana in advance of Hur

  9. says:

    One of my favorite YA titles of the year I have always been fascinated by the city of New Orleans and the area surrounding it and am forever changed by seeing the devastation Katrina caused the entire coastal area I remember so clearly exactly what I was doing when the news of Hurricane Katrina came when we heard what was

  10. says:

    Beautifully written heartbreakingly real O'Sullivan nails teen romance A realistic reminder of the devastation of Katrina and its effects on families especially young teens

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